In every story there are heroes and villains. Disney, my favorite movie maker/punching bag is no exception. Most of the time I do find myself feeling for the hero and rooting for all of his successes. Other times I swear they are off the mark because as much as I love the hero, I cant get behind him destroying the villain. Maybe I'm a psychopath, or just a bit messed up but I identify more with the antagonist more often than I like the hero. Here is my top ten list of villains who I think were given a bad rap or just have character flaws present in all of us taken just a little bit too far.
10. Captain Hook- Peter Pan
There has never been a more inept villain (save perhaps goob) that has ever roamed the earth. Hook here has every reason to be pissed off at that little twerp peter by the way. The kid cut off his hand (we never find out why) and feeds it to a crocodile that now has a liking for Hookflesh and follows him around as a form of psychological torture. God this guy has reason to be messed up and angry, hell if I was him I would have been after Pan with even more of a vengeance.
9. Price John- Robinhood
Prince John, a little tyke desperately trying to fill his much more capable brother's shoes. Ever been in a task that was much to big for you? Had an older more accomplished sibling and wanted to prove that you were just as good? Well here you are, John here was a rightful ruler in place of his brother nothing sinister about that, was he a crappy ruler? Yes. Should he have given up the throne and jeopardized his brother's rule? No. Plus the historical John gave way to the Magna Carter. So I need to have a bit of a soft spot for the guy.
8. Goob - Meet the Robinsons
There was never a more lovable villain than Yagoobian (aka bowler hat guy) kept up all night by Lewis' science fair experiment he lost a key game and got so angry over it that it ate away at him and led him to never be adopted. Who hasn't been tempted to blame an external force for own mistakes, he took it way too far and suffered his whole life for it, meanwhile his roommate has a great life and a successful business. Truly Goob isn't in the right, but I still feel for the guy.
7. Syndrome - The Incredibles
Syndrome every child's revenge plot gone wrong. Don't lie everyone did this as a kid, when you felt slighted you would think of what you would do to "show them wrong" fortunately most of us don't have the tenacity and technical know how of this particular fan. As a former FIRST geek I like any type of engineer let alone one as brilliant as Syndrome, though I don't particularly approve of what the designed the geek in me likes me more than the Incredible family.
6. Doctor Facilier (Shadow Man) - Princess and the Frog
He may have friends on the other side, but he's also got a friend in me. Yes he manipulated several people to make good on a deal with the other side. But he never lied to any of them when making a deal, he may just have interpreted the deal differently, and I like that kind of ingenuity. Then again it could just be the Tarot cards, I like me a good deck of Tarot cards.
5.Yzma - Emperors New Groove
Every time I watch this movie I cant help but love Yzma, she works for a selfish teenage ass and gets fired for it. She wants to retain her power so she attempts to poison the guy, personally I would have gotten another job but I digress. Like many of the villains on this list her only ally is lacking the brains department and I can only feel pity. Plus at the end of the film shes turned into a cat, and I can't not love cats.
4. Hades - Hercules
Maybe its because I read the myths long before seeing the film, perhaps I just feel bad for leaders working with complete imbeciles (see: every group project I've had ever) But I just feed bad for the guy, he gets the job with the worst rap ever, and his younger brother gets all the glory, call be crazy but that would piss me off too. Would I try to kill my nephew to get my way? No. Do I understand why he wants Olympus? hell yes.
3.Gaston - Beauty and the Beast
Now I'm not saying that I like Gaston, in fact I think that he is a giant Douche. But going back to what I said about the villains basically being over exaggerated versions of character traits. Gaston as much as I hate to admit it is very much like teenage me, conceited, vain and thinking that I deserve anything I want. He is the reminder that what can happen if you take your vanity too far and become ugly on the inside.
2. Jafar - Aladdin
Jafar, a villain after my own heart (sort of) huge collection of books, alchemical knowledge, the ability to run the kingdom through the buffoon of a sultan. How that guy could have kept the kingdom running without Jafar is a mystery to me. All the guy wanted was the job he was doing anyway, and was perfectly willing to go about it with normal means, being marrying the sultans daughter. Then some upstart thief masquerades as a prince and steals it all away, and Jafar loses his cool, the rest is history.
1. Scar - The Lion King
Oh Scar how I feel for you. Now before I get killed by angry Simba and Mufasa fans let me explain. Its never fun being the sibling to the family favorite, worse is knowing that your parents prefer your brother. Add on top of that the guys only friends/ allies are compete morons. Who can say that they've never worked with people like the hyenas. (hint: if you haven't you're one of them) Poor kitty, if he wasn't such a crappy ruler I would have been rooting for him to win.